Niagara Gazette — •••
IN THE PARK: During the prime tourist season you’ll probably notice an increased presence of security in Prospect Park and around Goat Island. Mark Thomas, director of the regional state parks commission, said the part-time public safety rangers were called back early this year to assist the park police.
Meanwhile, Major David Page, who heads the park force, said he still is awaiting word whether recent graduates of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy, Albany, will be assigned to the western district that includes the Niagara Falls State Park. Due to budget cuts, the academy had been shut down from June 2009 until last fall.
STRIKING OUT: The Huffington Post in Canada reports that the Toronto Blue Jays fans are the worst in Major League Baseball. That’s a jolt to countless people in Western New York and southwestern Ontario who always look forward to those excursions every summer to the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Jays’ front office better take firm control of the situation or they’ll be struggling with a lot of empty seats this year.
In an interview with the Toronto Star, former Jays catcher Greg Zaun said the “team’s fans have definitely gotten worse.” Zaun added: “They’re getting drunker, and drunker and drunker and it’s because the fans are getting younger and younger.”
One thing for sure, the fans must be getting wealthier and wealthier if they can afford $9 draft beers.
ON THE HOUSE: As you sort out the impressive events that Artpark is offering to celebrate its 40th anniversary, mark the calendar too for July 29. That’s when the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston will sponsor its sixth annual “Free Family Movie Night” at 8 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater. The feature this year on the giant Jumbotron screen will be Disney Pixar’s “Brave.”
MATH PROBLEM: Overheard a coffee group at McDonald’s in the City Market: “Why are you guys always challenging me? You know I’m right 98 percent of the time. Okay, so I mess up on the other three percent.”
Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.